A model who endured ‘insane’ period pains that were so crippling she could barely breathe or stand says taking CBD oil has finally cured her.
Simona Mockute suffered in agony from the age of 11 and said she ‘felt like a prisoner in my own body and mind’. But now Simona, 24, claims her excruciating monthly period pains have subsided. And she’s now urging other women left bedridden by cramps to follow suit and try CBD oil.
Simona, who’s also an interior designer, says: “During my periods I would I have really bad headaches and, like every one else, I was using pain relief. But that would barely scratch the surface.
“My period pains were insane. I often couldn’t go to school, or university or work because of the pain. I would have to leave in the middle of the day and it really affected my quality of life. I’d be crying from the pain. I couldn’t stand up or breathe normally. It was horrible.
“And because of this, I felt angry a lot of the time, probably because I was so frustrated with my circumstances. I felt like a prisoner in my own body and mind.”
Simona says she repeatedly begged her GP for help in finding a solution to her problems – but none ever arrived. She explains: “He’d give me pills for the pain, but it didn’t sort out the root of the problem. Sleeping was also an issue, because the pain was so intense I’d wake up at night.”But 18 months ago she discovered CBD oil – from a leading UK firm called CBD Armour – and says it has transformed her life.
CBD oil – or Cannabidiol – is extracted from the cannabis plant but contains only trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the high-giving, psychoactive part of the plant. The oil is said to promote good health and has been received well in alternative therapy and herbal medicine circles.
“I’d heard about the oil but I was extremely skeptical at first,” admits Simona.
“But then I thought, ‘What do I have to lose?'”
It took just a few weeks of taking CBD Armour Oil to have an effect – and drops are applied under the tongue.
She claims her periods are now shorter, are on a regular cycle and – best of all – give her no pain or cramps. She says: “CBD oil has made a such a difference and has regulated my period like clockwork.
“I sleep better and if I feel I’m getting pain or a headache I take CBD oil and it stops the pain extremely quickly.
“It also really helped with my wisdom teeth when they were coming through, too.
“These days my period lasts three or four days; it used to last for a week.”
Another bonus Simona, has found is the oil has helped her stay calmer.
“I feel more calm and less stressed and not so aggressive. I don’t want to drink alcohol so much anymore.
“And I don’t need painkillers for my headaches, which is great. I can’t remember when I last used pills or medication since I started taking the oil.” With the launch of a menstruation emoji arriving this year, Simona hopes people will find the topic of periods easier to discuss open and freely.
That’s why she’s happy to share how it was for her then, and how she is now.
“So many of my friends think periods are gross and embarrassing, some are even scared of their own blood and they won’t use menstrual cups instead of other sanitary products,” admits Simona.
“I try to educate as many people as possible that periods are nothing to be ashamed of. They are part of life. I’m lucky because my boyfriend understands and he’s not afraid to talk about it.
“I feel for women who think they need to hide it and suffer in silence. Let’s hope they soon won’t have to suffer this anymore.”
Karin O’Sullivan from Sexual Health Charity Family Planning Association (FPA) said: “She says: “When it comes to managing period pain, different things work for different people. There have been some studies that have shown CBD oil can inhibit certain types of pain however, there have not been enough studies with human subjects to be able to say what an effective dose might be and if it does affect menstrual cycles.
“We would recommend that anyone who is struggling with their periods speak with their doctor for advice on how to manage them. “Some forms of contraception can be used in ways that regulate bleeds, meaning you have lighter and fewer bleeds or even none at all.
“Similarly, if you’re thinking of trying something that isn’t an over-the-counter remedy it’s important to speak to your doctor first as they will be able to advise you on how it might interact with any other conditions you have or medications you take.”
Why do women get periods pains?
Period pain and cramps are a result of the muscular walls of the womb contracting (tightening).Mild contractions continuously pass through the womb and can be so mild most women can’t feel them.
During a period the wall of the womb starts to contract more vigorously to encourage the womb lining to shed away. When the muscular wall contracts it squeezes the blood vessels lining the womb which temporarily cuts off the blood supply and oxygen supply to the womb. Without oxygen, tissues in the womb release chemicals that trigger pain.
While the body is releasing these pain-triggering chemicals, it also produces other chemicals called prostaglandins which encourage womb muscles to contract even further therefore increasing the level of pain. It’s not known why some women experience more pain than others.
It could be down to some women having a build-up of prostaglandins meaning they experience stronger contractions.
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